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MicroRNA Mediators of Early-Life Stress Vulnerability in Suicidal Behavior

2019 Distinguished Investigator Grant
Amount Awarded: $125,000
Focus Area: Genetic Studies

Yogesh Dwivedi, Ph.D.

Yogesh Dwivedi, Ph.D.
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Grant Information

Early life stress has been shown to contribute to suicide risk, but the mechanisms are unknown. Genetics play a role in brain function, and alterations in expression of specific microRNAs — the parts of genes that are responsive to environmental cues — may have an effect. Understanding the relationship between microRNAs, stress, and suicide has implications for developing novel treatments and suicide prevention strategies.